Sports Briefs

cross country club beginning, banana slugs rally past boxers, pacific women win invitational

cross country club beginning

The Forest Grove Run Youth Cross Country Club will start up this fall, offering three practices per week and a total of seven competitive races for local runners.

The club is free and is open to fifth through eighth graders in the Forest Grove area. The club will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for practices at Tom McCall Upper Elementary School, and races will be held in Portland and Hillsboro.

The club hopes to provide local youth with an opportunity to learn more about the sport of cross country and distance running, while promoting healthy and active lifestyles in a team setting.

For more information about the club, visit

banana slugs rally past boxers

After 75 minutes of evenly played soccer, UC Santa Cruz finally wore down Pacific in a 1-0 victory Monday at Lincoln Park Stadium.

Brock Kobayashi made a run up the right side of the goal box and sent a shot just in front of the goal line, where Daniel Seltzer punched in a sliding deflection, his foot meeting the ball just ahead of Boxers' goalkeeper Chris Reimer for the game-winner.

With the win, UCSB is a perfect 3-0 against North-west Conference competition to start the season, while Pacific drops to 0-2 with its second consecutive home loss. While shots were even at 6-6, Pacific put five of its shots on frame and forced a couple of tough saves from UCSB goalkeeper Nate Levinson.

The Boxers return to action Friday with the third game of their season-opening six-game homestand, taking on Claremont Mudd Scripps at 7:30 p.m.

pacific women win invitational

Pacific junior Jilinda Franklin and freshman Rachel Schreiber posted a pair of top-five individual finishes Saturday, leading the Pacific women's cross country team to a title at the Puget Sound Invitational.

Franklin posted a personal best over the 6,000-meter distance, finishing third overall with a time of 24:25, moving her to No. 12 on Pacific's all-time list. Schreiber came across in fifth place with a time of 24:52, debuting with the Boxers' 13th best all-time performance.

Combined with a ninth-place finish by sophomore Ally Shackelford, the Boxers compiled 41 points to finish 11 points ahead of runner-up Pacific Lutheran.

The Pacific men had a strong showing as well, finishing in second place in the team standings with a score of 51 points. Joe Deardorff finished seventh to lead the Boxers, running the 8,000-meter course in a time of 27:23. Newcomer Jerry Sanchez was five seconds behind, placing eighth.

'This was an encouraging start for both teams with some excellent Boxers' debuts,' said Pacific head coach Tim Boyce. 'We have strong efforts from Jilinda and Joe to lead us. We are very pleased and the teams are eager to keep training hard and continue to prepare for the meets ahead.'